In our own Kansas City, victims of sexual misconduct have been speaking up against those in power, and their voices are being heard. Heard, but for some reason, the perpetrators of these crimes are still receiving the special and preferential treatment by getting gigs, shows, business, and praise.
I have complicated feelings about call-out culture. I believe we are more than the sum of our worst behavior. I believe in radical community building as a method to monitor and resocialize sex offenders.
What I do not have complicated feelings about is objective, progressive reporting. I do not have complicated feelings about people who believe abuse and intimidation is a right earned by the powerful.
So, Kansas City, if you have not been properly heard, I want that to change. If you have been sexually abused, assaulted, mistreated, or intimidated by someone in the Kansas City ‘old guard’ who you believe is still abusing their power, I will listen, and I will assist.